Conway: North Korea's Kim Jong Un insulted Trump first

White House senior adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayCalls mount from Dems to give platform to Trump accusers  Top Oversight Dem pushes for White House opioid briefing More than 100 WH staffers still worked on temporary security clearance a year after election: report MORE said Sunday that a tweet in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE called Kim Jong Un “short and fat” was just a response to an earlier insult by the North Korean leader.

“What’s helpful in full context is a 13-day trip where the president is very focused on global security and combating terrorism and most importantly, containing a nuclearized North Korea,” Conway said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked if the tweet is helpful. 

“And you think name-calling is helpful? Calling somebody short and fat?” host Martha Raddatz asked. 

“I think that was the president just responding the way he does to somebody who insulted him first,” Conway said.

While in Vietnam, Trump fired off a tweet questioning why the North Korean leader would call him old, “when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat.' ” He has previously dubbed Kim “Rocket Man.” 

Hours later, Trump spoke at a press conference and called for “progress, not provocation” with North Korea, adding that “we want stability, not chaos, and we want peace, not war.”

Trump arrived in the Philippines on Sunday.